Wheels are the accessories that can make or break your car.
If you think putting giant wheels on a classic restomod is a bit redonkulous, you’re in luck — there are plenty of old-school choices that are easy to find and affordable to buy.
American Racing Torq Thrust
The five-spoke Torq Thrust was the wheel that put American Racing on the map. Designed to be functional, with large openings that maximized brake cooling and minimized weight, the wheel soon took on a life of its own as a must-have hot-rod accessory. AR makes several versions of the Torq Thrust in sizes up to 20”, and modern iterations are a better fit for disc brakes than the originals.
Shop for Torq Thrust wheels for sale here.
We love the classic five-slot look that was pioneered in the early 1960s by the Ansen Sprint and was copied by numerous manufacturers (including Ford, who used it to spruce up the pseudo-performance versions of the Pinto and Mustang II in the mid-70s). If you agree, you have choices: It’s not difficult to find a set of original Ansen Spirits, but you can also buy them brand new from American Racing in 14” and 16” sizes.
Shop for Ansen Sprint Wheels for sale here.
Technically, the Cragar S/S was a copy of the AR Torq Thrust, but this is one case where the copy became as well known (if not better known) than the original. Throughout the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, the affordable S/S became the go-to wheel for countless muscle cars and muscle-car-wannabes. Cragar still makes it today, both in original 14/15” form and in a two-piece version that goes up to 17”.
Shop for Cragar S/S wheels for sale here.
American Racing Outlaw
We love the look of the A/R Outlaw: Simple, purposeful, all-business, this wheel doesn’t distract from the overall look of the car, but it makes the owner’s intention clear: Getting lots of power to the ground. American Racing makes the original Outlaw I in 14” and 15” sizes; the Outlaw II, differentiated by round holes in the wheel face, is available up to 17”.
Shop for American Racing Outlaw Wheels for sale here.
Steelies and dog dishes
The quintessential muscle car is one that had a gigantic engine, industrial-strength transmission, a heavy-duty suspension, and no other options. That’s why so many of them had the cheapest wheels on offer: Plain steelies with dog dish hubcaps. This combo takes a bit more searching; you’ll have to source the steel wheels separately, but you’ll have no problem finding small hubcaps appropriate for your ride.
Shop for dog dish wheels for sale here.
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